Is your little paleontologist crazy for KneeBouncers’ Dinosaur Shape Match Game? Then try this DIY Dinosaur Dig tabletop game for interactive sensory play. It’s a clever mash-up of hands-on activity and color identification that extends the play and learning!
Here’s what you’ll need:
- A box or large plastic tub.
- Paint brushes of various sizes
- Small plastic dinos in various colors
- Large craft sticks or a plastic spoon
Fill the box halfway with sand, leaving ample room for digging.
Bury the dinos in the sand so your little one can excavate them!
Have your child use a craft stick, the paintbrush, or even their hands to dig for dinosaurs. Sensory play engages multiple senses building a network of neural pathways!
Extend the Play
- Have your child search for a specific color or type of dinosaur
- Add plastic bones
- Add funnels, cups, or other digging tools
- Take it outside to the sandbox or in a kiddie pool for a more extensive excavation area
Additional Sensory Play Ideas
If your toddler loves hands-on activities and sensory play and you don’t mind a little mess now and then, allowing them to engage in a variety of sensory play activities is an excellent way to stimulate their brain.
- Water Beads
- Kinetic Sand
- Fun Foam
Updated April 11, 2023, by L. Elizabeth Forry